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Old 09-29-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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New model Kindle 4 just arrived at my home!

My new Kindle just arrived! I'm unpacking it now. I'll post photos and comparisons with my K3 as soon as I can.

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I will add to this post any new comments/photos:
  • FW 4.0 on Kindle 4 (non-touch)
  • Bezel is light gray or silver. Not really matte finished but not glossy either. A bit more shiny than the K3 perhaps due to lighter color.
  • Font plugin works: The non-hacking calibre plugin that allows you to modify margins smaller than the system defaults and allows you to use a sideloaded font works exactly like it does on the K3. link
  • K4 noticeably faster than the K3.
  • Slight UI changes due to fewer buttons. It takes an extra press to get the full dictionary page because the Return button no longer exists and you have to choose whether you want create a note, start a highlight, are view the full dictionary page.
  • On/Off button pushes in very smoothly. No more slider button like on K3.
  • Improved Bezel design around screen. Corners are not sharp like the K3 and the design seems much less likely to attract cat hair which often sticks under the bezel of the K3.
  • Foreign dictionaries (at least 10) now come with your K4. They are loaded into your Kindle Archive and can be easily downloaded to your K4.
  • You can unsubscribe to Special Offers on a K4 SO. To do so, go to your Amazon Manage Your Kindle / Manage Your Devices web page. In the Subscribe column, click Edit next to your K4 SO. Follow the instructions on the screen that displays. You will be charged $30, which is the amount you received as a discount for buying a K4 SO model.
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How does the K4 screen compare to the K3?

Many of us who own both a K3 and a K4 feel that the K4 screen is better. Just as many seem to think the K3 screen is better. This leads me to conclude that the screens on the K3 and a K4 are most likely too similar to say that one is consistently better than the other. I declare them equals. The fact that they are both using Pearl E Ink screens would seem to justify that analysis.

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TIPS

I moved the Tips to their own thread: https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...12&postcount=1

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K4 Menus

Here is a posting I made several pages into this thread showing many of the menus. Menus links.

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EDIT: First photos attached. New K4 has much improved screen over K3. K3 seems to reflect more glare and K4 seems to have better contrast.

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Old 09-29-2011, 03:03 PM   #2
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Damm Jack! That was fast! lol ... pictures please, videos ... feedback ...
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Damn I wanted to be first!

Enjoy it!! I want to see pictures in anticipation of mine!!!
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Holy crap! The screen has a GREATLY increased contrast. Much improved even over the K3. I don't know how they did it since they both use Pearl screens. The K3 screen now looks dull and as though it has a layer in front of it, but the K4 looks terrific.

Photo coming in a few minutes!
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Holy crap! The screen has a GREATLY increased contrast. Much improved even over the K3. I don't know how they did it since they both use Pearl screens. The K3 screen now looks dull and as though it has a layer in front of it, but the K4 looks terrific.

Photo coming in a few minutes!
Damn if you did not just say the one thing that could interest me in the new kindles.

More please.
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Holy crap! The screen has a GREATLY increased contrast. Much improved even over the K3. I don't know how they did it since they both use Pearl screens. The K3 screen now looks dull and as though it has a layer in front of it, but the K4 looks terrific.

Photo coming in a few minutes!
Stop teasing us and show that picture!!!
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what about landscape mode? Did they keep landscape mode? and if does, is the Kindle splitting page in two or not?
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The only one that was shipping, the non-touch..not sure if he has the special offers one or not.
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Holy crap! The screen has a GREATLY increased contrast. Much improved even over the K3. I don't know how they did it since they both use Pearl screens. The K3 screen now looks dull and as though it has a layer in front of it, but the K4 looks terrific.

Photo coming in a few minutes!
Dang...I did not need to hear that. I just ordered a K3 to replace my K1.
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Thanks, I just came here to find out what the shipping dates are on the different models, of course I have to wait until November for me Fire.
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